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General Reviews: Complete List

Not all books at the Christian bookstore deserve to be read, and some might be overlooked that should be required. But discerning which is which - both for yourself and for the people you may shepherd - becomes more difficult by the day. That's why we've compiled and reviewed a few of the most recent and influential works on the church right here. We would advise you to understand these reviews not as an excuse to let us do all the critical thinking for you, but rather as a resource to stimulate your own critical thinking, as a shepherd's crook to direct you back to Scripture, and as a guide to focus your attention on the more biblically sound materials out there.

Adams, Jay. Handbook of Church Discipline
Ahlen, J. Timothy and J. V. Thomas. One Church, Many Congregations

Allen, Roland. Missionary Methods: St. Paul's or Ours?

Anyabwile, Thabiti. The Faithful Preacher
Anderson, David A. Gracism: The Art of Inclusion
Anderson, David A. Multicultural Ministry

Armstrong, John H. Reforming Pastoral Ministry
Banks, Robert. Paul's Idea of Community
Banks, Robert and Bernice Ledbetter. Reviewing Leadership
Barna, George. Boiling Point
Barna, George. Revolution
Barrs, Jerram. The Heart of Evangelism

Baucham, Voddie. Family Driven Faith

Bavinck, J.H. An Introduction to the Science of Missions

Beale, G.K. & Carson, D.A. Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
Beilby, James & Eddy, Paul R. The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views
Belcher, Jim. Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional

Bell, Rob. Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
Bell, Rob. NOOMA
Beynon, Graham. God's New Community
Bolsinger, Tod E. It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian
Brand, Chad O. & R. Stanton Norman. Perspectives on Church Government

Bridges, Jerry & Bob Bevington. The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness
Callahan, Kennon L. Twelve Keys to an Effective Church
Carroll, Jackson W. God’s Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations
Carson, D.A. Becoming Conversant with the Emergent Church
Carson, D.A. Worship by the Book
Carter, Anthony J. On Being Black and Reformed
Cha, Peter with Steve Kang & Helen Lee. Growing Healthy Asian American Churches  

Chadwick, William. Stealing Sheep
Chalke, Steve. The Lost Message of Jesus
Chan, Francis. Crazy Love
Chanski, Mark. Manly Dominion: In a Passive-Purple-Four-Ball World
Claiborne, Shane. The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
Clowney, Edmund P. Called to the Ministry
Clowney, Edmund P. Preaching Christ in All of Scripture
Cole, Neil. Organic Church

Conn, Harvie M. Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace

Cordeiro, Wayne. Doing Church as a Team
Cowan, Steven B. Who Runs the Church? 4 Views on Church Government

Crespo, Orlando. Being Latino in Christ
Cymbala, Jim. Fresh Win, Fresh Fire
Dennis, Jay and Jim Henry Dangerous Intersections
DeYmaz, Mark. Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church

DeYoung, Kevin and Ted Kluck. Why We're Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be)
Driscoll, Mark. The Radical Reformission & Confessions of a Reformission Rev
Engle, Paul E. & McIntosh, Gary L. Evaluating the Church Growth Movement: Five Views  
Ennis, Pat and Lisa Tatlock. Practicing Hospitality

Eswine, Zack. Kindled Fire: How the Methods of C.H. Spurgeon Can Help Your Preaching

Frazee, Randy. The Connecting Church
Galloway, Dale. Making Church Relevant

Garrison, David. Church Planting Movements (For another review, click here)
Gibbs, Eddie. ChurchNEXT
Gilley, Gary. This Little Church... Went to Market & Stayed Home
Glasser, Arthur F. Announcing the Kingdom
Goldsworthy, Graeme. Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture
Greeson, Kevin. The CAMEL: How Muslims Are Coming to Faith in Christ

Greidanus, Sidney. Preaching Christ from the Old Testament
Guinness, Os. God in the Dark: The Assurance of Faith Beyond a Shadow of Doubt

Hammett, Edward. The Gathered and Scattered Church
Hays, Daniel J. Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race
Humphreys, Fisher and Paul Robertson. God So Loved the World
Jakes, T.D. Various Works
Johnson, Dennis E. Him We Proclaim
Kenneson, Phil & Street, James. Selling Out the Church
Kimball, Dan. The Emerging Church and Emerging Worship
Kimball, Dan. They Like Jesus But Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations

Kinnaman, Dave, and Gabe Lyons. unChristian

Laniak, Timothy S. Shepherds After My Own Heart  
Lauterbach, Mark. The Transforming Community
Lawless, Chuck. Membership Matters
Lewis, Robert. The Church of Irresistible Influence
MacArthur, John. The Book on Leadership
Malphurs, Aubrey. Advanced Strategic Planning

McConnell, Scott. Multi-Site Churches: Guidance for the Movement’s Next Generation

McCune, Ronald. Promise Unfulfilled
McLaren, Brian. A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey
McLaren, Brian. The Church on the Other Side
McManus, Erwin Raphael. Soul Cravings: An Exploration of the Human Spirit
McQuoid, Steven. Discipline With Care
Mehta, Hemant. I Sold My Soul On eBay
Merkle, Benjamin L. 40 Questions About Elders and Deacons

Middlemann, Udo W. The Market-Driven Church: The Worldly Influence of Modern Culture on the Church in America
Miller, Donald. Blue Like Jazz
Mims, Gene. The Seven Churches NOT in the Book of Revelation
Moody, Josh. The God-Centered Life: Influence from Jonathan Edwards for Today
Murray, Iain. Evangelicalism Divided
Murrow, David. Why Men Hate Going to Church
Myers, Bryant L. Walking with the Poor
Myers, Cortland. Why Do Men Not Go to Church?
Neighbour, Ralph. Where Do We Go From Here?

Newman, Randy. Questioning Evangelism & Corner Conversations
Newton, Phil A. Elders in Congregational Life
Osteen, Joel. Your Best Life Now
Page, Frank. Who Can Save the Incredible Shrinking Church?

Phillips, Richard D. Jesus the Evangelist

Pinson, J. Matthew. Perspectives on Christian Worship: Five Views
Piper, John. Brothers, We Are NOT Professionals
Piper, John. God is the Gospel
Piper, John. Let the Nations Be Glad!

Poirier, Alfred. The Peacemaking Pastor

Rabey, Steve. In Search of Authentic Faith
Rainer, Thom S. and Eric Geiger. Simple Church

Rainer, Thom S. and Daniel L. Akin. Vibrant Church

Redmond, Eric. Where Are All the Brothers?

Richardson, Wyman. Walking Together: A Congregational Reflection on Biblical Church Discipline

Rima, Samuel. Rethinking the Successful Church
Roberts, Bob. The Multiplying Church

Roberts, Vaughan and Graeme Goldsworthy. God's Big Picture, Gospel & Kingdom, and According to Plan
Scazzero, Peter. The Emotionally Healthy Church
Schwarz, Christian. Natural Church Development (For another review, click here)

Sande, Ken. The Peacemaker

Seay, Chris. Faith of My Fathers
Sider, Ronald J., Philip N. Olson, and Heidi Rolland Unruh. Churches that Make a Difference

Simpson, Wolfgang. Houses That Change The World
Smith, Efrem and Phil Jackson. The Hip Hop Church: Connecting with the Movement Shaping Our Culture
Spragget, Daphne and Jill Johnstone. Window on the World

Stanley, Andy and Ed Young. Can We Do That?
Stetzer, Ed, Richie Stanley, and Jason Hayes. Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them 
Stiller, Brian C. Preaching Parables to Postmoderns
Stott, John. The Living Church
Strauch, Alexander. Biblical Eldership
Strauch, Alexander. The Hospitality Commands
Surratt, Geoff & Greg Ligon & Warren Bird. The Multi-Site Church Revolution
Sweet, Leonard. The Gospel According to Starbucks
Toler, Stan and Alan Nelson. The Five Star Church
Towns, Elmer and Ed Stetzer. Perimeters of Light
Towns, Elmer and Warren Bird. Into the Future
Wagner, Peter C. Churchquake!
Webber, Robert E. The Younger Evangelicals
Welch, Ed. When People Are Big and God is Small
Wells, Peggy Sue and Pat Palau. What to Do When You Don't Want to Go to Church
White, James Emery. Rethinking the Church
Wilkinson, Bruce. The Prayer of Jabez
Witvliet, John. Worship Seeking Understanding
Wood, Gene and Daniel Harkavy. Leading Turnaround Teams
Wright, Christopher J.H. Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament

White, Thomas, and John Yeats. Franchising McChurch

White, Thomas & Jason G. Deusing & Malcomb B. Yarnell, III. Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches
Wright, N.T. Christians at the Cross

Wright, N.T. Simply Christian

Wright, N.T. Surprised by Hope
Wu, Frank. Yellow

Wuthnow, Robert. After the Baby Boomers
Yancey, Philip. The Jesus I Never Knew
Yancey, Philip. What's So Amazing About Grace?